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A sideways look at the world of music

The draw ceremony in Brazil

2014 World Cup draw: BBC sticks to script with bikinis, Blatter and back-heels

It was left to Sir Geoff Hurst to deliver the fatal blow in Fifa’s glorified game of battleships

Musician Will.i.am

will.i.am: review - 'ridiculously hedonistic'

O2, London, Thursday December 5

Man in black: Nick Cave

The Week in Music: Nick Cave is No 1 with a brooding classic that reaches for the sky

It's that time of year when music magazines and websites report their best of 2013 lists. In its latest issue, NME picks Arctic Monkeys' AM as their No 1 album of the year – expected given their rave 10/10 review on its release.

Shane Black and Syd Field at the American Screenwriters Associations' '2002 Screenwriting Hall of Fame Awards'

Syd Field: Screenwriting guru whose alumni included Darabont and who first popularised the three-act structure

Syd Field was a highly sought-after screenwriting teacher, renowned as a guru of the art of the screenplay. Of his eight books on the subject, the first, Screenplay: the Foundations of Screenwriting, is considered the bible of the art. He popularised the classic three-act paradigm, identifying important plot points and formulating a structure which not only reflected many existing films but which allowed writers to structure their own scripts. That he was never much in demand as a screenwriter himself throws an ironic sidelight on his career.

Andy Burrows tested his songs on his daughter, Chloe

Backstage: Snowman pair get a kid’s view from Chloe’s criticism

Between them, they have recorded number one albums and have won awards for scoring soundtracks for Hollywood films. But when it came to looking for a sounding board for their recent Christmas collaboration, Andy Burrows and Ilan Eshkeri turned to a five-year-old girl.

The Day of the Doctor was a cinematic spectacular when it aired on Saturday 23 November

Doctor Who breaks iPlayer record to beat Olympics opening ceremony

'The Day Of The Doctor' received 1.27m online requests in 24 hours

Rita Ora joins Fifty Shades of Grey cast: how she made the big time

From stage school to Jay-Z school, here's how she got there

Spears' latest offering gives little insight to a listener

Britney Spears, 'Britney Jean' (RCA) - album review

If Britney Spears’ eighth album is what happens when the real Spears stands up, she might as well sit back down. When Spears promised a highly “personal” break-up album, the pitch seemed unlikely coming from modern electro-pop’s vaguest avatar, then unlikelier still when the lead single turned out to be a will.i.am-produced Identikit banger titled, touchingly, “Work Bitch”.

Travel agenda

From new non-stop flights and 'Place Pins' to photo workshops and air bridges

Deep down I am not a dog person. And here I was, talking to one

There’s a lot of propaganda about how intelligent dogs are, but I’m not sure

Cheryl Cole reaches settlement over US X Factor sacking

30-year-old was not the first North East native to leave US viewers baffled with her accent

Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik of One Direction performing in New York

One Direction graduate to Radio 2 with 'mature sounding' new rock album

Radio 1 and Radio 2 in tug of war after folky strumming and stadium anthems replace bubblegum pop on the group’s new album

Chris Ramsey: The stand-up and 'Hebburn' actor talks failed one-liners, being thrown off TV and his tidying fetish

I can't do one-liners to save my life FHM asked me to do some for an issue. But some were libellous and some too rude to use, so the rubbish ones made it through. One guy tweeted me. "I've just read your jokes in FHM; I've read better on the back of a Penguin wrapper." And that's why my stand-up is all about personal stories and anecdotes.

Travel agenda

Where to go and what to know from the winner of Britain's best travel section

Pete Haycock: Guitarist with the Climax Blues Band who went on to write film music for John Badham and Franc Roddam

Pete Haycock was the lead guitarist with the Climax Blues Band, one of several British groups whose 1970s popularity in the US and continental Europe eclipsed their standing at home.

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